The International Criminal Court (ICC), in response to Israeli criticism regarding the investigation of war crimes that Tel Aviv may have committed against the Palestinians, said that it is an “independent and impartial judicial body” and it is not a political body.
The court confirmed that it derives its powers to consider the “legal zone” that includes “the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.”
It clarified that Palestine has agreed to join the Treaty of Rome and has the right to be treated like any other country with regard to the implementation of the treaty, according to the statement published on the International Criminal Court website on Monday.
It added that if ICC opens an investigation about the region, it will not be limited to the Israeli side, but will include the Palestinian side.
The International Criminal Court’s clarification came in response to Israeli criticism and after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “when the International Criminal Court in the Hague investigates Israel for totally alleged war crimes, it is anti-Semitic.”